Kanye West – Jesus Lord, Pt. 2 | Lyrics Meaning Explained
“Jesus Lord, Pt. 2” is the twenty-seventh and final track on Kanye West’s 2021 album ‘DONDA.’ This is part two of the seventeenth track on the album of the same title. However, the second part contains additional verses by Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P, bringing the song to a massive 5-verse anthem clocking in at 11 minutes and 30-seconds.
‘Donda’ is Kanye West’s tenth studio album released on August 29, 2021, after being teased and delayed multiple times. Kanye West held two listening parties for the album at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta leading up to the album release, and the third party in Chicago. This track was played at the second listening party.
Overall, the theme of “Jesus Lord” is praising Jesus and seeking his blessings in all the endeavors in the singers’ lives. However, more intricate stories entwine on the topic touching injustices in society. The three new verses, too, tackle the same topics along with grievances of their personal losses.
Listen to “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2” by Kanye West Ft. Jay Electronica, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, & Styles P
Kanye West “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2” Lyrics Meaning & Song Review
Please head to the original article on “Jesus Lord” part one for the analysis of the first two verses by Kanye West and Jay Electronica, which are repeated here.
Sheek Louch begins his verse by shouting out his late mother, who passed away from cancer when Sheek was 38-years-old. His only solace is the fact that he knows she is with Lord right now.
Next, he moves on to a theme surrounding his success in the rap game and how a lot of temporary things have come to his life due to this success. He has a whole bunch of money that could not buy his mother’s longevity. A lot more money now that cannot buy real friends.
If I wasn’t rappin’, the calls would stop (Haha)
You ain’t really happy for me, you mad that I pop (Jesus)
Sheek flows into a more religious theme by saying that he is always on the side of Jesus. He knows the devil comes in so many different forms, and the devil always wants to stop the Lord. However, faith is the key to battling the devil.
Finally, he says that he came from nothing and he ended up on top with his grind in the music game. He also credits a lot of his success to Lord’s blessings. He wants all the listeners to know that there are better ways to survive than kill each other in the streets.
In the fourth verse, Jadakiss sings about how he was influenced by Jesus all his life and career. He admits that there are times that the devil did get to him and he abandoned his faith. But he always comes back to the right path. One could only hope that their good days outweigh the bad days. No one will get smooth sails every day of their lives.
In the remainder of his verse, Jadakiss speaks about how he does not want to bother himself with all the negativity that comes to his life. He understands that no matter what he does, there will be people coming at his jugular–literally and metaphorically. Musically, he has the firepower to shoot his opponents right in their mouths so they cannot spit ever again, ending their careers. However, in all other scenarios, he stays out of conflict. He has his friend by his side for comfort, and this friend is the Lord.
Jadakiss also seems to infer that his coming up in the music industry and life has mostly been solo.
Ain’t no ‘i’ in ‘team’, it’s a ‘i’ in ‘win’ (Lord; win)
They got they eye on me, I got my eye on Him (‘Sup)
This could also mean that YOU need to put in the work for YOUR success. There is nobody else who will do the grind for you.
In the fifth and last verse on “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2,” Styles P raps about how he has grown tired of seeing his friends and family dying around him. He knows that heaven is now a black paradise by the number of people who have died in vain. Styles P insinuates that his days might be numbered, too, so he asks his friends up above to keep his chariot ready to escort him to the Pearly Gates.
That’s what my momma be sayin’
And before you roll to war, know it’s honor in prayin’
Styles P says that there is no honor in killing each other in the streets in the name of ‘hustling.’ They are killing their own kind being victimized by the systems that put them in this position. But this is not the way to break the wheel. Maybe finding our own righteous path is a good approach to this problem.
Styles P also seems to tells us the correct way to approach faith towards Jesus Christ. He says he started thanking Lord after his efforts paid off. In contrast, a lot of people pray for wealth before they show any faith and get frustrated when they don’t get their luxury cars from Jesus Christ. This is not how it works.
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